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Livermore legal practice seized after state regulators discover owner doesn’t have law license


California State Bar officials recently seized a Livermore legal practice with upwards of 200 clients amid complaints that its owner had been working as an attorney — despite not having a law license.

The agency raided the company, California Legal Services, last week after numerous complaints about its owner, Robin Groth-Hill, the agency announced Wednesday. In the process, regulators seized 15 boxes from the offices of the business, which contained the files of a couple hundred clients

The business touted itself as an affordable legal option for landlords, tenants and people seeking divorce help.

The seizures marked the most significant move to date against Groth-Hill, who previously received cease-and-desist orders in 2020 and 2022 for the unauthorized practice of law, according to a state database.

In announcing the seizure, state regulators encouraged residents to check the state’s online database to ensure their attorneys were licensed to practice law, and not facing any similar cease and desist orders. The database can be accessed at calbar.ca.gov.

“Californians should know that the unauthorized practice of law — and those who engage in it — can negatively impact the lives of those who pay for what they believe is legitimate attorney advice but receive something less, as well as parties on all sides of a legal issue,” said Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona, in a statement.

The company appears to have been operating since 2015, according to a LinkedIn page for Groth-Hill, who also goes by the shortened name of Robin Hill. A Yelp biography touts the company as “a affordable alternative to your legal assistance needs,” adding that its staff “can assist you in doing many of the services that attorney’s provide, but at a substantial savings!”

The Yelp biography listed the owner only as Robin H., a registered process server and notary whose husband occasionally helped her during his days off.

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